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    Are Creative People More Apt to be Addicts?

    Are Creative People More Apt to be Addicts?
    Hi, Dr. Maisel, I have the sense that as a creative person I’m at greater risk than the next person to fall prey to an addiction. Is there some truth to my worry? Ronald L., Ft. Worth Thanks, Ronald. Yes, you are absolutely right. The short story “The Bound Man,” by the German author Ilse Aichinger, is a beautiful piece in ...
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    "I'm Not Talented and I Don't Have a Chance!"

    "I'm Not Talented and I Don't Have a Chance!"
    Hi, Dr. Maisel: I find that my own thoughts—thoughts like “I’m not really that talented” and “I don’t stand a chance”—get in the way of my ability to create. I could use some help! - Marcia L., Seattle Sure thing, Marcia! [widget:inarticlebuttonquiz_successful_designer] There are many extremely useful tactics available from the cognitive-behavioral school of therapy that you can use to get ...
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    Journal Your Way to Art World Success

    Journal Your Way to Art World Success
    Hello, Dr. Maisel: There are so many things I need to get done in order to have an art career—and I can’t keep my thoughts straight about any of it! How can I get my thoughts under better control? Leslie R., Orlando Thanks, Leslie! The trick is to identify a clear intention and then to get your thoughts aligned with that ...
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    Is Good Art About Hype or Talent?

    Is Good Art About Hype or Talent?
    Hello, Dr. Maisel, I wonder if it’s possible to make it on talent alone or is hyping your art three-quarters of the battle? You know which answer I hope to hear! But I fear that the real answer is, hyping your art is essential. Is it? Lydia L., New York City Thank you, Lydia: Let me give a slightly tongue-in-cheek answer ...
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    How To Tackle Hard Creative Projects

    How To Tackle Hard Creative Projects
    Dear Dr. Maisel: I am pretty good at doing work that comes easily to me but I know that I shy away from the creative work that might prove the richest and the most exciting — but that scares me by its largeness and technical difficulties. Any advice about how I can choose hard projects, instead of always choosing easy ones? ...
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    How To Use Tourism to Attract Art Buyers

    How To Use Tourism to Attract Art Buyers
    Hello, Dr. Maisel: I live in a place where a lot of tourists come and I have the idea of maybe connecting with them better but I don’t know what to do. Any ideas? - Ronald L., Santa F Thank you, Ronald. Artists know better than anyone that places hold meaning. That’s why they hunger for Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, Greenwich ...
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    Should Your Creations Be “Entirely Yours”?

    Should Your Creations Be “Entirely Yours”?
    Dear Dr. Maisel: I’m an art student and I like to copy the paintings of artists I respect so as to learn how they did what they did. Is there anything wrong with copying? Some of my friends think that there is. What do you think? -- Ashley R., Savannah Thanks, Ashley! There’s certainly nothing wrong with copying—not in the context ...
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    Do You Think About Audience When Creating?

    Do You Think About Audience When Creating?
    Hi, Dr. Maisel: I wonder if it makes sense to create solely for myself or should I take my audience into account? I have the feeling that this is a really complicated question but I don’t know even how to begin thinking about it. Any thoughts? - Holly Y., Logan, Utah Tweet Let’s look at just one aspect of what you ...
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